West Ham hold on for a win at Brighton

westham.jpgWest Ham moved up to second in the Championship table with a 1-0 win over Brighton last night.

Kevin Nolan's 17th minute strike from the edge of the box was enough to give the Irons all three points, although they had to produce a dogged defensive display to keep the hosts at bay.

Manager Sam Allardyce was pleased to pick up the win against Gus Poyet's side, even if the display was not all it could have been.

He said: "It was an outstanding victory for us at a very difficult place to play. They have a great crowd and atmosphere, so it is a great three points from us.

"Automatic promotion is generally determined on how many one-nil wins you can get and it is the same when you are trying to get in the higher end of the Premier League.

"You want to be fluent, score and be open like we have been in the previous games of course - we have scored four goals in four different games remember - but today we were a solid, hard-working unit of lads."

West Ham play Leicester City at The Boleyn next Saturday and will fancy their chances of another win against a side now managerless following Sven Goran Eriksson's departure yesterday.